Our youth play a key part in the future of Singapore, and in our Malay/Muslim community. We therefore endeavour to prepare our youth for what lies ahead, developing their strengths and capabilities through empowerment programmes that widen opportunities for various education and career pathways.
Apart from providing our youth with resources, schemes and training programmes, mentoring is an equally important component of their development. Connecting our youth with mentors and role models in the community helps guide and inspire them to realise their potential.
All our empowerment programmes are thus designed based on a mentoring-centric model, where our youth can interact and learn from experienced mentors and young professionals. Through this, we aim to develop a vibrant Malay/Muslim youth core, who are motivated to pay it forward and give back to the community.
For more information on how to become a Youth Mentor, click here.
Youth Mentoring Office (YMO)
The Youth Mentoring Office (YMO) was set up within MENDAKI in August 2019, to spearhead mentoring efforts in the Malay/Muslim community. It aims to build a strong mentoring culture and ecosystem, where youth are connected and actively contributing to the aspiration of a Community of Success. This is achieved by adopting and contextualizing the Gift-Centred Mentoring (GCM) philosophy, a trademarked and evidence-based mentoring model from the Youth Mentoring Connection (YMC) based in Los Angeles, USA, to enhance and build the competency of the community.
For any questions seeking enquiries to the Youth Mentoring Office, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Gift-Centred Mentor Training
In driving the mentoring ecosystem, the YMO aims to build mentoring capabilities in both volunteer mentors and programme managers, based on the GCM approach.
YMO builds capabilities of mentors through GCM Training that equips mentors with skills on building a successful relationship with their mentees. The GCM mentor training spreads across 3 modules that covers:
Module 1: Foundations of Mentoring (Mandatory e-learning)
Module 2: Five pillars of GCM (Mandatory)
Module 3: Practices in GCM (Optional)
Over 1,100 mentors have been trained and deployed to mentor 3,655 mentees across the six mentoring programmes which the YMO oversees.
To ensure continued support beyond the above training, mentors also have access to the mentor manual and monthly Community of Practice (COP) sessions that encourage deep learning and exchange of best practices amongst seasoned and new mentors. COP targets specific mentor challenges such as rapport building, goal setting, and working well with different personalities amongst other topics. Click here to watch past COP sessions.
A comprehensive manual produced by the Youth Mentoring Office (YMO) to guide mentors in their mentoring journey. Titled ‘The Gift of Mentoring: A Guide for Mentors’, it complements the Gift-Centred Mentoring (GCM) training that mentors undergo before deployment. It aims to aid mentors to better understand the GCM philosophy through exciting infographics and videos. The manual supports mentors in rapport building by engaging mentees in fun activities that can help both to open up and deepen conversations, and it shares available resources that mentors can tap on to better guide and support their mentees.
Click here to download the mentor manual.
This 9-month programme targets full-time Muslim students across the three ITE colleges. Through mentoring and community-building initiatives such as teambuilding, motivational talks, sharing sessions and developmental workshops, the programme motivates students to stay in school and graduate with at least a NITEC qualification. Click here to find out more about #amPowered@ITE.
To register as a mentor for #amPowered@ITE, click here.
This programme caters to Secondary 3 and 4 students in the Normal stream, who are enrolled in the MENDAKI Tuition Scheme (MTS). As part of the programme, students benefit from community-building activities (e.g. team bonding, motivational talks, sharing sessions) and are linked up with professionals to help them envision their post-secondary pathways. Those in the Normal Technical stream will also be bridged to MENDAKI’s YouthSpaces @ ITE for ongoing support, should they choose to progress to the ITE after their ‘N’ Levels.
To register as a mentor for #amPowered@MTS, click here.
Similar to #amPowered@MTS, the programme targets secondary school students at the various M³@Towns. Mentoring serves as the first level of intervention to identify students’ needs. Following which, students and their families are bridged to community resources and support network to attend to their last mile service delivery needs, and to equip them with self-reliance. Students will also be connected to national initiatives to enhance their portfolios and future ready skills.
Led by MENDAKI Club, PEER (Positive Experiences, Engaging Relationships) Community Programme targets secondary school students from M³@Tampines and M³@Woodlands. The 6-month mentoring programme incorporates elements of experiential learning and developmental relationships, facilitated by mentors.
To find out more about PEER Community Programme, click here.
Led by MENDAKI Club, MARA Mentoring is catered for undergraduates who are keen to join a community of professionals, building connections with those in the finance and consulting, marketing, technology, sales and operations industries, among others.
To find out more about MARA Mentoring, click here.
A ground-up volunteer-led initiative targeting students from ITE College East, students are paired with mentors who will inculcate positive values such as discipline and resilience. Students will also participate in group mentoring and community building initiatives that aim to promote team bonding and instill leadership qualities.
M³ Resource Directory
Mentoring opportunities, youth services and programmes as well as resources such as toolkits and grants. Locate these and more available resource for youths and youth-related organisations in our Resource Directory.
Click here to download the M³ Resource Directory.
How can our youth better adapt and thrive in the age of opportunity amidst disruptive developments? The Future Ready Toolkit by MENDAKI, “Log In To The Future”, is a one-stop information repository on the values and competencies youth need to navigate and succeed in the future economy.
Click here to download the Future Ready Toolkit.